Police raid Occupy Oakland camp, make arrests
on October 25, 2011
In the pre-dawn hours on Tuesday, Oakland police conducted raids on two encampments created by the Occupy Oakland protesters, the main one at Frank Ogawa Plaza and a smaller one at Snow Park near Lake Merritt.
Occupy Oakland protesters had been gathering at these locations since October 10 in support of the larger Occupy Wall Street protest in New York City, which had grown to include similar camps in dozens of US cities.
By Monday, hundreds of protesters were living in Oakland’s plaza in front of City Hall where they had created a tent city that included amenities such as a crafts room, a kitchen and yoga lessons. Last Thursday, city officials began issuing a series of eviction notices warning the protesters that their encampment posed health and safety hazards, and that they could be arrested.
Police arrived before dawn on Tuesday and used a megaphone to announce that the protesters must leave. Protesters shouted “You are the 99 percent!” and refused to disperse.
Police wearing riot gear began to make arrests at City Center, and then moved to making arrests at Snow Park. Oakland North does not yet have an estimate of how many people have been arrested.
Oakland North reporters saw what appeared to be teargas used, but it was unclear who had used it or where it had come from.
As the arrests continued, protesters chanted “Shame! Shame!” and “White collar crimes go under your radar, but blue collar crimes bring you out.”
“When we reorganize, please come back and join us,” one protester told the officers.
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You can see Oakland North’s complete coverage of Occupy Oakland here.
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